This from the Acknowledgements:
Quotes help, but if they’re not supported by evidence they’re just hot air transposed to print.
This last one addresses one of Paul's specialties -- that being, to summarize, high in the story, in one "nut" graph, why readers should be interested in the story and keep on reading. This begins with a comment from Redding Pitt, then the chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, and regarding the embarrassing disclosure by the party that it had not maintained records relating to a secret, $700,000-plus loan from the Party to the Siegelman-controlled Alabama Lottery Foundation.
Repayment of that loan largely came by way of two undisclosed $250,000 donations given to Siegelman by then HealthSouth Corp. chairman Richard Scrushy. These donations were at the heart of the "Scrushy" part of the prosecution of Siegelman and Scrushy as well.